Where are you with the Lord?
Saint Augustine said, "God created me without my willingness, but He won't sanctify me without my wanting it."
In the Parable of the Good Shepherd, Christ leaves the 99 saved to care for the one who is lost.
Jesus places a priceless value on each person's soul. What value do you place on staying close to Jesus?
A ten-minute examination of your daily actions--are they pleasing to God or not?--would provide an answer. You are a child of God and He expects you to pray and stay close to Him each day. Is this unreasonable?
Shepherd me, O God, and keep me safe. I trust in your loving care for me. Amen
The practice of Examen can greatly contribute to your happiness. Looking at my earlier years, I can see so many things I should have done differently and with happier results. But there is no going back.
Many readers of this site, including the writer, have decisions to make. We need to get our life in better order and to renew our love for Jesus. It is my prayer that practicing Examen will bring us closer to the Lord and Savior and bless us with sustained happiness.
"Searching" is a strong word. It suggests a degree of urgency, a serious need to look deeper, and it hints of a treasure to be found.
Many people have experienced the mercy and help of Jesus. They know Jesus told us that we need to seek in order to find and to ask in order to receive.
We need to regularly examine our prayer life. It is very easy to skip daily prayers and devotions. I have done it too many times... a daily prayer plan can help.
5 steps for finding Jesus
To draw closer to Jesus
You might take part in a prayer group, an RCIA program, or join the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the Knights of Columbus.
Parish churches need volunteers... choir members, food bank workers, committee members, religion teachers, altar decorators, and ushers and greeters.
There is probably a job you can do. Don't wait to be asked. Inquire! This is an opportunity to meet new friends and grow closer to Jesus.
If you can’t participate directly, then you can pray for people having problems.